New images of Mercury

The first images from NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft to Mercury have begun streaming back to Earth and have provided us with a look at the previously unseen side of the planet.

Not since the early 1970s and the Mariner 10 probe has Mercury been investigated in such detail.

Such are the challenges involved with inserting a spacecraft into orbit around Mercury, MESSENGER will make several flyby maneovres over the next two years before full orbit insertion in 2011.

http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/

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Posted on 19 January, 2008, in Space exploration. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on New images of Mercury.

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